St Albans

The city of St Albans is steeped in history, once considered as one of the largest Roman cities in Britain.

Traces of the Roman life can still be explored today with the Verulamium Museum containing ancient treasures and artifacts. Visit the nearby Roman Theatre built around 140AD and used to showcase religious processions, dancing, wrestling, armed combat and wild beast shows. Take a walk to the majestic St Albans Cathedral and take some time to admire this magnificent building.

St Albans Cathedral.Photo: Elian Cristi Florescu from Pixabay
St Albans Cathedral. Photo: Elian Cristi Florescu from Pixabay
St Albans South Signal Box
Photo: St Albans South Signal Box

A short walk from St Albans City railway station, you’ll reach the Grade II listed St Albans South Signal Box. This railway relic features a rare 1906 Midland Railway tumbler interlocking lever frame that has been restored to working condition and now simulates the signalling procedures that would have been used during its working life. The ground floor has been turned into a museum and the surrounding land is now a Signalman’s Garden.

If you're looking to explore the outdoors, get some fresh air with a scenic station to station walk. The Abbey Line Trail starts from St Albans Abbey railway station and covers a 6.5-mile route finishing at Watford Junction railway station. Catch the train from Watford Junction back to St Albans, or walk the return route, and continue your day out.

Extend your trip and visit St Albans as part of our Romans to riverside itinerary.

Abbey Line Trail. Photo: Abbey Line Community Rail Partnership
Getting to St Albans by train
Catch a direct train from London St Pancras (20min), London Blackfriars (25min), Watford Junction (40min), Luton (15min) and Bedford (40min).

Accessibility at St Albans City Railway Station

Step-free level access to all platforms. A staff-operated ramp is required for step-free access between train and platform at this station. For more information and to book passenger assistance for your journey visit Thameslink assisted travel website.

For more station facilities please see St Albans City Station website.

Accessibility assitance at the station. Photo: GTR
Photo: GTR

Ways to save

You can often save money on your train tickets by booking them in advance. Look out for Super Off Peak and Off Peak tickets, offering great value for money when traveling outside peak times. Tickets can be purchased online from Thameslink or at the station. Consider buying a railcard (Senior, 16-25, Family & Friends, Disabled Persons, Two Together), to save 34% for most journeys.

Save money with 2 for 1 Days Out Guide. Download and print your vouchers from the Days Out Guide website, travel by train and show your voucher and train tickets when you arrive to get 2 for 1 entry into some of Britain's most favoured attractions.

To make your days out as enjoyable as possible, we encourage you to plan your trip in advance and check for disruptions before you start your journey. Visit our travel safe page to see what you can do to make planning easy.

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